Did your pooch get too much sun on their snout? Does it feel like sandpaper? Poor thing…. This DIY Snout Sun Cream is just what is needed to soothe rough and uncomfortable snouts! My dog, Dexter, loves the outdoors. If he is not hiking, he is swimming, walking, or just basking in sun in the backyard. I wanted to prevent his nose from getting toasted while being in the sun, and help to make him comfortable when he does. Using this special blend of natural ingredients (many of which you probably already have in your home), you will be able to create this amazingly soothing cream in minutes. It also can be used as a moisturizer, and help prevent dry noses in the winter. Let the soothing begin….
If you own a dog, you know how stinky they can get. They can also have other issues like dry, itchy, or flaky skin. Washing them too often with commercially made shampoos that contain unpronounceable synthetic chemicals can often irritate their skin and cause them further discomfort. Combat many of these issues with this super simple DIY Natural Soothing Dog Shampoo.
I’ve had my fair share of days where Dexter will come home from a hike with mud up to his elbows and/or his face and nose covered in dirt. Since my husband and I are “suckers” and Dexter is allowed on all of our furniture and on our bed, there is no way he’s coming in the house dirty and smelly… (more…)
This morning, my house turned into an operating room. I played “Dog Toy Surgeon”. My patients had all been chewed up, in some way shape or form. I worked on closing up many wounds, giving organ transplants, and making sure the toys could live again! You can be a surgeon too! Replace the squeakers in your dogs chewed up toys and save bundles of money and time. Keep your dog as content as can be within minutes. Your pooch will thank you! (more…)
If you own a dog , you have most likely have or will have to give them some kind of medicine at point or another. Sometimes they eat it, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes you can hide it in their food, and sometimes even that doesn’t work. Sometimes you are chasing them around the house only to have open their mouths and drop the pill down their gullets. Getting your dog to eat a pill could take A LOT of work! I’ve used commercially made pill pocket in the past to trick my pooch, but those scare me for several reasons. The ingredients in them are a bit questionable. What kind of synthetic chemicals or gelatinous material am I giving to Dexter dog?!?! Also, Dexter is on a restricted unprocessed food diet. (check out The Honest Kitchen diet I feed Dexter HERE!) So giving him something with all of those weird ingredients, is not something I’m comfortable with. I decided to make these DIY Pill Pockets using two ingredients. I also use these as treats since they have minimal ingredients and Dexter loves them so much. Thanks to my great friend Jess for sharing this amazing recipe with me! Now, I can share it with the world and all the furbabies out there…. (more…)
If you have a dog, you know that their breath can be SO bad! There have been times that Dexter has sent me running in the other direction after breathing on me, gasping for fresh air. Why is the case? Dogs have the same issues as humans when it comes to their mouths. If the plaque, tarter, and bad bacteria aren’t cleaned out of their mouth often regularly, tooth decay, bad breath, and a number of other problems can present themselves. I have made this DIY Natural Dog Toothpaste to use with Dexter. I wanted to use an all natural paste that was effective without allowing him to ingest the ones sold commercially These are usually laden with synthetic-chemicals, colors, and additives. In fact, the last tube of doggie toothpaste contained about 20 ingredients, some of which I couldn’t pronounce the names of. In about 3 minutes flat, I whipped up a batch of this DIY Natural Toothpaste. Everyday (I like to say everyday but in reality- every few days) I “brush” Dexter’s teeth to help them stay pearly white, and to not scare me away with his breath. 🙂 (more…)
If you know me, you know Dexter, my dog. He is my world! I love my furbaby, and will do anything to make him the happiest/ healthiest pup around. About 8 months ago though, I addressed persistent problems that were occurring and driving Dex MAD!!! He seemed to have constant ear infections (yeast), “frito feet” (yeasty paws), itchy/ dry skin, and an itchy back end. My vet Heather O’Leary told me that all these problems would most likely be eliminated by changing his nutrition to a raw diet- something I was completely intimidated to do. I changed his food to The Honest Kitchen (THK) brand, a dehydrated “raw” diet, and it truly changed his/ our WORLD! I need to share this information with you! (more…)
Winter will be here soon, and Dexter’s will be ready to take on the elements! Each year, winter conditions reek havoc on his pads and paws. Each morning before going to work, Dex gets a walk. The salt from the road often dries the bottom of his pads, sometimes causing cracks and discomfort. After work, Dex usually gets to romp around in the woods and on the trails, and that has its own issues. If it is snowy and icy, snow balls up in between his toes and his feet get cold and painful. This DIY PUP PAW CREAM prevents all of that! With the use of a few ingredients, a protective, moisturizing barrier is formed, keeping Dexter’s paws safe and healthy! (more…)
Yay! Dexter has finally recovered from his 2 knee operations that has kept him calm (or at least tried with everything I had in me) for the last 9 months! The poor guy is only 2 1/2. WELL, lets just say he is ramped up and ready to go! We can finally start hitting the trail again which is what he loves to do most! Here is some MUST HAVE Summer Gear for Hiking with Dogs. Hiking isn’t fun, or sometimes safe, without it! (more…)
Dexter’s treat bowl was rather low, and he didn’t seem too pleased about it! Rather than buy treats for him that can be really expensive and full of chemicals, I decided to whip up a batch of biscuits for him at home. These biscuits always come out perfectly! The parsley helps to freshen Dexter’s hot breath, and what dog doesn’t need help with that!?!? Using only 5 ingredients, these treats are simple to make, healthy, and are delicious (according to Dexter)! (more…)